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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Jun 3, 2014, 6:39 AM EDT

Clayton Kershaw AP

I’ll preface all of this by saying that I felt like I needed a break from watching baseball last night so rather than turn on any games I watched “Billy Madison” for the 100th time. Fact: the kids from Miss Lippy’s class are now 26-years-old. Now that that’s out of the way, on to the scores.

Dodgers 5, White Sox 2: Clayton Kershaw didn’t allow any hits for the first three innings, then gave up a two-run homer to the now-recovered and returned Jose Abreu, then settled back down and gave up no more runs the rest of the way while striking out nine.

Indians 3, Red Sox 2: The Red Sox’ winning streak is over thanks to seven shutout innings and ten strikeouts from Justin Masterson. Masterson had one start and a 0.00 ERA in March and now has one start and a 0.00 ERA in June. April and May were tire fires, but those one start months are pretty awesome for him.

Mets 11, Phillies 2: Hey there, Wilmer Flores. His first homer — and only his second big league homer ever — was a grand slam and he drove in six runs in all. Bartolo Colon posted his third straight strong start in a row. With the makeup game added this was a five-game series. The Mets won four.

Mariners 10, Yankees 2: Felix Hernandez improves to 8-1 with seven strong innings. David Phelps was touched for six runs in six and Alfredo Aceves gave up four runs in mopup duty. In the meantime Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager each drove in three. The Yankees have dropped four of the past six games

Marlins 3, Rays 1: Randy Wolf picks up his first win since 2012. The Rays have lost seven straight and now have the worst record in the American League.

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Brewers 6, Twins 2: Matt Garza took a shutout into the seventh and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer. Reynolds is on pace for 36 homers while hitting .208 and posting an OBP below .300. In other words, he continues to be Mark Reynolds.

Royals 6, Cardinals 0: The Missouri teams traded zeros until the seventh. Problem was that while the Royals quit that game, the Cardinals kept up with it and ended up being shut out. It was the Cardinals’ fifth loss in six games and second shutout in a row.

Pirates 10, Padres 3: It was a four hour, four minute game in which the home team surrendered ten runs and was forced to throw 249 pitches. In only nine innings! How many souls do you figure were left in Petco by the time the thing ended? A few dozen? Jordy Mercer homered and had four hits. Neil Walker had three hits and three driven in. Padres pitchers surrendered 16 hits in all.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    I watched the Yankees late inning implosion against Seattle. The score was tied at 2 before Phelps got tired. I am happy that New York is now 4 games back of the Jays. It is nice to have a cushion built up, as both NY and Baltimore will still take a run at Toronto during the season.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:04 AM

      Phelps did start the 7th inning; however, the 4 batters he faced in that inning all scored.

    • aresachaela - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Phelps got shelled, Ichiro-san got the only lone 2rbi’s, “happy” bird iz right behind our butts with just a .5 game back, Hello 3rd place if this keeps up, (OMG they are facing against the redhot A’s tomorrow!?) Kuroda… I’ll be praying for you.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:38 AM

        Happy bird = The Chipper Chirper.

        And your fear of dropping to third anytime soon may be something to chilllax about- the O’s start 3 @ the Rangers today (excited to see how many Cruz Missles he launches against his former team) and then we get the same punishment as the Yanks- 3 against Oakland (also at home). Followed by the recently surging BoSox, then the division leading Bluebirds. The way the Jays are playing recently? They may want to change their bird to a happy bird as well.

      • aresachaela - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:56 AM

        I think I’ll call the Blue Jays -Hot bird or the Roasted one cause of their performance.

        I’m keeping my fingers cross and my self glued on, and wish the O’s got the headstart loss there at Arlington.

      • nbjays - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        Hey Eutaw, it ain’t gonna be a walk in the park for our birds the next few days, either. We play three against the Miggy and the Tiggers, who are likely not happy after dropping 2 of 3 to Seattle. And we play them in their yard, which isn’t as homer-friendly as Rogers Centre. AND we get to face Sanchez, Porcello and Verlander. Then we follow that up by facing the Red Birds and their young guns, and then the Twinkies, so by the time your birds face ours on the 12th, you may be looking at some Angry Birds™.

      • renaado - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        How you holdin up Achaela? Fever’s gone?

        Now that you mention that, for the last 10 games the Yankees have a record of 5-5 same with the O’s, lost 2 and won 2 respectively. Well, thats that (for some reason Im havin a sign here… Nah, just me anyways).

      • aresachaela - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        Thank Ren, I’m all good now.

        Hope that so called “sign” isn’t a sign of defeat for us though…

    • Reflex - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Ellsbury: 0.7 bWAR/$21 million
      McCann: 0.1 bWAR/$17 million
      Beltran: 0.4 bWAR/$15 million

      Combined: 1.2 bWAR/$53 million

      Cano: 1.1 bWAR/$24 million

      Yes, its early and all. But honestly both Beltran and McCann were already in decline before these deals. Only Ellsbury has any real hope of living up to his contract IMO and thats if he stays healthy. I would not be shocked though if Cano outperforms all of them over the life of his deal given that he is around the same age, although the years beyond their deals he is likely to tail off hard.

    • cur'68 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Heya PC. You should have watched (and perhaps you did) LAD vs ChiSox. It was a decent pitching duel that was ruined by the crappy defending behind Quintana. Jose Quintana got just boned out of a win. 6 IP, no hits, no earned runs and he loses 5-2 on some of the dumbest errors you ever saw. If the White Sox ever learn to defend the infield they will be awesome because they actually have some excellent pitching. Watch out for them. They remind me of Our Boys from last season, only with good to great pitching and not quite as much hitting. Infield errors are KILLING them, just like they did to The Beav last season.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        I missed that game, but was aware of the errors.

      • cur'68 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Right now, the ChiSox commit the third MOST errors of all MLB. Our Boys? Third fewest. Last season? Our Boys were fourth most errors overall. Holy crap can defence make a HUGE difference.

  2. kiwicricket - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    “At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul…”

    Seems like I could cut and paste that as a reply to a few comments these days

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Billy Madison was on last night. Cut out with Ms. Lippy but still a fun flick. So bad it’s good.

  3. janessa31888 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Wow! A great outing from Justin FINALLY! Who finished it up? I was really nervous going to the ninth with one run lead. The Tribe has had major closer problems recently. Relieved that they were able to hang on. Both of these teams are rather streaky this year.

  4. kiwicricket - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Each time I curse the Braves and their miserable hitting, I try and think of the Padres swinging their steamed carrots to make myself feel better. Their entire teams OBP is .283. Think about that for a second.

    .224 .283 .357SLG .640OPS.
    Or basically an entire team of B.J Uptons.

  5. nbjays - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    With no Jays game on the tube, I opted for the Mariners-Yankees make-up game. Thankfully, Sportsnet carried the Mariners’ ROOT Sports feed rather than the YES network one, and so I was able to watch the game with the sound on.

    King Felix still rules the Big Apple, and had fun making Alfonso Soriano look like an old lady trying to hit a bee with a broom handle. David Phelps struggled in the 2nd, managing to escape by allowing just a single run. In the 7th, however, the wheels came off as he coughed up a 4-spot.

    Kyle Seager was impressive at the plate, going 4 for 5 and ending up just a single shy of the cycle. Instead, he got a second triple, aided and abetted by The Captain himself. After Gardner came up a tad short on a ball down the line, Jeter slowly jogged to recover the ball and ambled with it toward the seats, unaware that it had bounced off Gardner in fair territory and umpire Brian Gorman had ruled it fair. I guess when you are on your retirement tour, you can be forgiven for nodding off occasionally. Good thing he didn’t just flip it into the seats. Anyhow, Seager finished the night with a double, two triples and a 3-run homer, for 12 total bases.

  6. chill1184 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Nice to see Flores display some power and a grand slam to boot and that the game ended in the 9th innning.

  7. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Billy Madison is definitely one of those movies that every kid who grew up in the 90’s can quote all day long…

    “Don’t put it out with your boots, Ted!”

    “It’s too damn hot out for penguins!”

    “Who would steal 30 bagged lunches?”

    So on and so forth. Man oh man I miss the mid-90’s comedies. Happy Gilmore, Dumb and Dumber, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep… no I’m not sophisticated whatsoever. I’m from Baltimore. Be happy I know how to spell and define sophisticated.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      I know I’m in the minority on this one, but Billy Madison is one of the most insufferable movies I have ever had the unfortunate experience of sitting through. I remember seeing that in theaters when I was 15, and I did not laugh one. Not. Once.

      The penguin bit in particular was annoying because I didn’t even get the joke. He was drunk and was hallucinating? THAT’S NOT FUNNY.

      Dumb and Dumber, on the other hand, I will contend is physically impossible to not laugh at. Anyone who claimed they did not find that funny is either lying through their teeth or crazy.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        I’m a big Sandler fan from his days of SNL through some of his more recent stuff he’s produced, so I can’t knock him. I liked Billy Madison when I first saw it (granted I was younger so the crude humor was great) and it’s stuck around as a cult classic.

        As for Dumb and Dumber? Love it. If you can’t laugh at “you sold a dead bird to a blind kid?” or “Austria eh? Well g’day mate! Let’s throw another shrimp on the barbie!” then you have no soul. In context course. Just reading the quote does it no justice.

      • ejheim62 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        I’m with you on this one, completely. I hated Billy Madison. But I also think “Army of Darkness” is hilarious, so maybe i’m the one that’s wrong…

      • Old Gator - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Army of Darkness IS hilarious. Problem is, nobody seems to have picked up on how it’s just a remake of Twain’s Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – which was also hilarious. But then when you star Bing Crosby in the movie version, people are gonna be slow to freeassociate down the road when you try to milk laughs out of eviscerating people.

        Adam Sandler is about as funny as inguinal psoriasis. Those of you who adore that talentless, utterly derivative mollusc can have him.

    • thedoubleentandres - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      I know exactly what you’re talking about but I just wouldn’t regard Billy Madison with the same prestige as a Dumb and Dumber. I think the 3 at the top of the mountain are

      1. Dumb and Dumber (Undisputed)

      2. Ace Ventura

      3. Happy Gilmore

      Honorable mention: Kingpin, Liar Liar, BASEketball

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        Totally forgot about Ace Ventura. Great movie. Made up for Jim Carrey doing the Mask. Not a fan. I mean it was just okay.

      • southpaw2k - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        Kingpin is insanely underrated. It’s arguably the Farrelly brothers’ best movie, and yes I realize that includes Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary.

        And Liar Liar is my personal favorite Jim Carrey comedy.

    • nbjays - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      Must be because I’m a bit older than you, Eutaw, but I’m still partial to the comedies of the ’80s: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Beverley Hills Cop, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Revenge of the Nerds, Stripes, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places… and likely my all-time favourite… Weekend at Bernies.

      I guess I just liked Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy better than the later crop of SNL alumni like Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley and David Spade. Must be a generational thing.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        Bill Murray got to make it with a hot MP in the general’s trunk. Now that’s a great WAR.

      • dluxxx - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        What about Bob?

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Nostalgia for the Steve Martin era aside, I gotta go with the Dana Carvey era. Nobody fools the Church Lady.

    • moogro - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Sandler has built a time machine, of sorts. With each new movie, he retroactively makes all his previous ones seem worse.

      • Old Gator - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        Only because the human imagination is unsatisfied with mere equivalency. In truth, no one of Sandler’s duds is any more brain dead, tasteless or predictable than any of the other ones.

  8. sdelmonte - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Mets are now even with the Nats. Two years in a row that the Nats were projected to be contenders, and two times we’ve been wrong (so far). And as ever, the Mets play really well on the road. If they could ever be .500 at home, they would contend in the NL as it is.

    And while the Mets valiantly charge towards .500 again, the Yankees edge closer. And yet, at this point they are still in the second Wild Card spot. Again, it really feels like this is a season where only a handful of teams are really good and everyone else is in the mix with only a handful of exceptions. Could make for an interesting September, though at this point if the Yanks got in, I can’t see them getting anywhere. All depends on if and when the injuries heal.

    • emdash01 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Nats have had the second-most DL days only to the obviously-cursed Rangers, though, with two of the three still-DLed players expected back very soon. Hard to score runs when three of your best hitters are on the DL at the same time, so I think they can turn it around once Zimmerman is back.

  9. stex52 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Kershaw pitched very well, but Quintana got killed by his own defense. All five runs were unearned. I have to believe that the White Sox infield is better than what I saw last night. They were Little League caliber.

    • yahmule - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      The Sox played the sixth inning like it was 1919. Quintana had steam coming out of his ears and I couldn’t blame him.

  10. jimmyt - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I must be really old or sometihng. I didn’t find any of the few of the above “comedies” I’ve seen funny at all.

    • Old Gator - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      That’s the great thing about American TV and film these days. You don’t have to wait long at all before they recycle the same old mierda and you get the feeling you’ve seen it all before, because you have seen it all before. Contemporary film and TV production is being run by two generations of yuppies past. Their mindset is still stuck back in the era of recycling. We’d all be better off if they made their products fully biodegradable instead.

  11. girardisbraces - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Can we all agree that the Aceves 2.0 experiment is pretty much a failure, and it’s time for the Yanks to cut bait???

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      The other ML teams disagree with you.

  12. Old Gator - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Quick note before I must run – crazy day, this.

    The Feesh scraped themselves orf the strange attractor last night on the feelgood back-in-the-saddle performance of Randy Wolf. I’m happy for the guy – perseverance triumphing over injuries. I don’t know why the Razed suck like this. Maybe it’s the accumulated rotten karma of carrying a brutal rapist and a recalcitrant homophobe on the same roster (and Feesh fans ought to take a moment to give thanks that, with all the things we have to be cranky about, the Razed took Escobar orf of our hands – we needed him here like yet another mutating tropical disease).

  13. musketmaniac - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Historic croc, you are correct Adam Sandler is overrated.

    • Old Gator - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Adam Sandler should never have been rated in the first place.

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